Five Things I’ve Learned About Being A Boss
I never sought out to be a boss and am in a bit of denial that I curated the amazing team we have at Luca. I like to think of the boss force behind the business as ‘Luca’, rather than me, because it’s truly the collaborative energy each of them brings that makes us strong. Molly, Adrianne, Taylor, and Kerri all have beautiful personalities and a niche skill-set which enables our clients to branch out from traditional forms of content and branding.
There are a million lessons I’ve learned in just one year of having Luca Creative Co. so whether or not I feel comfortable calling myself a ‘boss’ - these lessons are worth sharing if they can help any of you starting out in your own business ventures!
1. I want people to work with me not for me. In The Luca Team, we approach our work relationship as a collaboration and partnership, not a dictatorship. I have blind spots, didn’t go to college, and grew up in a different culture than my team members - I know I’m not the best at everything and don’t have all the answers. I give my opinion, but always ask my team what they think, as I know they have a different perspective and varying experiences.
2. Delegate unless you’re the only one who can do it. And if you are the only one - ask yourself if you can teach someone on your team that skill. As a boss, your day is constantly being hit with extra tasks you didn’t plan on. I see my to-do list as a weight to unload as quickly as possible, so I can be freed up to carry out new visions and cease opportunities when they come up. You’re the visionary and the only one who can move the needle forward for your business!
3. Encouragement goes further than criticism. For every one thing you ask your team to do better, give five things they’re already doing well. Negative comments carry more weight so balance out constructive criticism with positive feedback.
4. Touch base frequently. Make sure your team knows you’re never too busy for them. Schedule regular check-ins, such as a monthly review or a weekly brainstorming phone call. I often reiterate to my team that they can Slack message me or call with questions anytime. They’re all super independent but I want them to know I’ve always got their back.
5. Let your team run with their ideas. I am all about empowering individuals to be the best in their area of expertise. I can’t dream up the best life for my team, only they know their deep down desires. As their boss, you are in a position to allow them to explore their potential. When your team is excited to get up and work everyday, your business will thrive.